Copperton Lane Antiques & Collectibles

Circa: 1945
Country of Origin: US
Manufacturer: Mid Century American Production
This neat combination light cover and Christmas tree ornament is a 3-dimensional Nativity manger scene, 5 inches wide by 3-5/8" high. Inside the foil-covered cardboard stable are plaster chalkware figures of Mary, Joseph, and the newborn Baby Jesus. A hole in the back wall allows you to insert a bulb from your Christmas light string to illuminate the scene. Clear coconut snow glitter covers the roof, and a star cutout below the roof allows light to come through.

The stable is still shiny and clean, undoubtedly never used. The box has a little fading and age discoloration but is intact with no splits or tears. Instructions for use are printed on one end, this is printed on another: "The New Tree Ornament, This Nativity scene of Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child with light shining down on the Babe in the manger is a new and sparkling creation in Christmas tree decorations". There are no manufacturer markings on the box or ornament. It was made in America in the 1930s or 1940s based on ornament and box design, plus the fact it was made for use with the old smaller base C-6 light bulbs.

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